The Festival

2014 BBF Poster

Since 1997 the Buddha Birth Day Festival has grown into one of Queensland’s most prestigious cultural events attracting in excess of 200,000 visitors and is now recognized as the largest annual Buddhist Birth Day Festival in the world. This year the Buddha Birth Day Festival is proud to be celebrating its 18th anniversary at The Parklands at Southbank.

We continue to showcase the diversity of Australia’s multicultural society, as visitors can enjoy a relaxed environment surrounded by a range of displays, entertained by a variety of performances and experience many cultural customs and activities and vegetarian food. It is a Festival for everyone, regardless of ages, religious or cultural backgrounds.

Venue: Dates Time:
Courier-Mail Piazza & Cultural Forecourt
The Parklands, South Bank
Friday 2th May 2014 9:00am to 9:00pm
Saturday 3th May 2014 9:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday 4th May 2014 9:00am to 9:00pm
Admission: Free of Charges
Spectacular Fireworks Display: 7:30pm Sunday 4th May 2014

Buddha’s birthday is the most significant day of the year for Buddhists, with celebrations for the birth, enlightenment and death of Sakyamuni Buddha, the Founder of Buddhism. The Buddha, a crown prince in Northern India, lived from 563BC to 483BC.

Since 1997 the Festival has been supported by Brisbane City Council and Queensland State Government as well as our Corporate Partners.

2014 BBF Brochure

Getting to The Festival

The following public transport hubs are only a few minutes walk from The Courier-Mail Piazza:

  • Train: South Bank and South Brisbane train stations.
  • Bus: South Bank and Cultural Centre busway stations.
  • CityCat/Ferry: a CityCat terminal and a CityFerry terminal.

To plan your journey, visit or call TransLink on 13 12 30.